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Guardians of the Gulf: The Coast Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom


Guardians of the Gulf: The Coast Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom. First Overseas Combat Deployment of USCG Patrol Boats Since Vietnam Response to a Request for Forces from Central Command Depth of water in Northern Arabian Gulf Placed Limitations on Reach of Larger Naval Combatants

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Guardians of the gulf the coast guard in operation iraqi freedom

Guardians of the Gulf: The Coast Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom

  • First Overseas Combat Deployment of USCG Patrol Boats Since Vietnam

  • Response to a Request for Forces from Central Command

    • Depth of water in Northern Arabian Gulf Placed Limitations on Reach of Larger Naval Combatants

    • No Navy Patrol Boat Capability


Uscg forces in the northern arabian gulf

USCG Forces in the Northern Arabian Gulf

  • 4 110-Foot WPBs

  • USCGC BOUTWELL

  • USCGC WALNUT

  • 2 LEDETs

  • 3 Port Security Units


March 20 th initial combat operations

March 20th: Initial Combat Operations

  • Commenced Early Morning

  • Al Faw Peninsula

  • Gas and Oil Platforms


Wpbs and psus support goplats operations

WPBs and PSUs Support GOPLATS Operations

  • ADAK (WPB 1333)

  • BARANOF (WPB 1318)


Psu 313 and force protection on oil terminals

PSU 313 and Force Protection on Oil Terminals


March 21 st five inch friday

March 21st: “Five-Inch Friday”


Iraqi patrol boat destroyed

Iraqi Patrol Boat Destroyed


Capturing iraqi maritime pows

Capturing Iraqi Maritime POWs

  • Crew of Destroyed Iraqi PB-90

  • Three Republican Guard Warrant Officers


Downed royal navy helicopters

Downed Royal Navy Helicopters


Iraqi mine laying tugs

Iraqi Mine Laying Tugs


Khawr abd allah waterway

Khawr Abd Allah Waterway


March 22nd minesweeping operations

March 22nd: Minesweeping Operations


March 23 rd psu 311 in umm qasr iraq

March 23rd: PSU 311 in Umm Qasr, Iraq


March 28 th first humanitarian aid vessel into iraq

March 28th: First Humanitarian Aid Vessel into Iraq


Early april weapons cache and suicide boat

Early April: Weapons Cache and Suicide Boat


April walnut aton work

April: Walnut ATON Work


Maritime interception ops

Maritime Interception Ops


Mission success

Mission Success

  • PSUs

  • WPBs

  • PATFORSWA

  • WALNUT

  • BOUTWELL


Conclusion

Conclusion